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The Caterer Magazine: please see the link below regarding an article ‘How the Butterfly Model for emotion based care helps dementia patients’ published in the Caterer Magazine (1st April 2017) by editor Janet Harmer after attendance at the NACC Dementia Training Day, London (February 2017) & David’s presentation there.

Residential Care Refresher, Okanagan, British Columbia - Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November 2017

The Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice, Interior Health and UBC CPD have announced a brand new conference for healthcare providers involved in long-term residential care. They are currently working on the educational programme and will have a preliminary agenda available this spring. David Sheard is the Keynote Speaker. The conference will take place at the Sparkling Hills Resort, Vernon, BC on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November 2017. For further information please click here.

Making Moments Matter: 'Butterfly model sees positive results'. To read a recent article published in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care, by Kerry Schelks, Managing Editor regarding the positive outcomes of The Butterfly Model of Care at two of The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus Homes: Mountain View Aged Care Plus Centre, Narrabundah and The Cairns Aged Care Plus Centre, Chapel Hill, Queensland, please click here.

Person Centred Dementia Care, National Course, Calgary 2017. Dr David Sheard returns to Canada bringing this opportunity for a second time.  A twelve day course merging Person Centred Care and Culture Change focusing on achieving skills and culture change in care homes.  This leading edge course coming from the UK enables individual staff from a wide range of disciplines and care services to join a ground-breaking course which will transform people’s lives who are living and working together. To take advantage of our 'early bird booking discount' book your place before 30th April 2017. Details of the course venue and dates will be available shortly. For further course information, please click here.

We are delighted to announce the launch on Thursday 30th March 2017 of the Butterfly Household Model of Care Project at Malton Village Long Term Care Centre, Region of Peel, Ontario, Canada. 

Tuesday 11th April 2017 - Compassionate Care Day Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 117 Milltown Road, Shaws Bridge, BELFAST, BT8 7XP. For Social Work and Social Care Staff working with older people. David Sheard is one of the keynote speakers, along with Tommy Whitelaw, Carer and Dementia Campaigner, Christine Smyth, Director of NI Social Work Strategy, Department of Health and Dr Denise Tanner, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Birmingham. Places are limited. To avoid disappointment, please book as soon as possible.  For further information, please email:, or by no later than Tuesday 28th March 2017.

Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Dementia Forward, 5th Anniversary Conference at Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate. The theme of the day is about demand versus resources and how we need to pull together. David Sheard is a Keynote Speaker and his presentation title is 'Show Me I Matter - It's Time For Culture Change'. Click here for further information.

THE WAYBACK: Virtual Reality helping people with Alzheimer's by The WAYBACK Team — Kickstarter. David Sheard is involved in this Project and it is being put forward for funding through a Kickstarter donation campaign. Click here for more information.

Please click here to view our latest Expression of Interest: Spreading Butterflies in Australia, Phase 2 for residential aged care providers, featured on the Aged Care Channel (ACC) website.

Person Centred Dementia Care National Courses 2017. We will be running courses in Wales & London  this year to commence in July (Wales) & September (London). For booking forms, course dates and further information please go to our University Learning page.

Training Skills Matter 2017. This years course will commence in September in Solihull. For booking forms, course dates and further information please go to our University Learning page.

Please click here to view the Summer Edition of the Barunga Village Lifestyle Newsletter. Barunga Village is one of three of our Butterfly Projects in Australia.

January 2017 Daren Felgate a senior Consultant with DCM travels to Australia - Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide - to undertake the 6 month reviews of the first 3 DCM Butterfly Household Model of Care Residential Aged Care Projects.

2017 - great to start the New Year now with 6 Butterfly Homes receiving the rating of 'Outstanding' from CQC.

Sally Knocker on BBC Radio London - Vanessa Feltz - Dementia Care: Sally Knocker talking about Dementia Care with Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London.  Please click here to listen to the coverage. Sally talks 36.50min in to the show. 


Butterfly Project Launch - Fairview Unit, Southwood Care Centre, Calgary, Canada

We are delighted to announce the launch on Wednesday 16th November 2016 of the Butterfly Household Model of Care Project at the Fairview Unit, Southwood Care Centre in Calgary, Canada. Please click here to view CTV media coverage of the event.

Appointment of New Director of Care - Dementia Care Matters: DCM are delighted to announce that Gwen Coleman, who has been a Consultant Trainer for the last three years, has now been appointed as Director of Care at Dementia Care Matters commencing November 2016.

David and Peter are pleased to be returning to work in Canada during November 2016 to launch our next Butterfly Care Home Project in Alberta, speaking at Conferences in Red Deer and Ontario, undertaking 4 Qualitative Observational Audits and 3 Leadership Matters Days.

Announcing the exciting appointment in Canada of our new National Director - DCM Canada.  

David comments: “Building on the success of the first Butterfly Projects in Alberta, it felt the time was right to establish a Canada base to continue our culture change movement in dementia care across Canada.” Press Release click here

Launch of the Revised Version 2 Butterfly Household Model of Care Checklist - June 2016

Dementia Care Matters' Revised Version 2 Checklist: Inspiring The Butterfly Household Model of Care was launched at the 10th Annual Conference at the University of Guildford on 21st June 2016. To download a copy please click here

Dementiaville Series 2015

Due to demand Dementia Care Matters is excited that Dementiaville, first screened in June 2015 has been extended across Channel 4 network, available to watch on catch up TV for a further 6 months.  To watch the series again or to watch any episodes you missed go to go to All 4 - Channel 4 Catch Up TV


Dementia Care Matters CEO wins national care award

“Revolutionising the culture of care” has resulted in Dementia Care Matters CEO Dr David Sheard being named as Care Personality of the Year at the 16th National Care Awards. 

Presented at an awards ceremony in London on 28 November, the panel of independent judges commented: “David’s beliefs, values, boundless energy and passion have driven changes that to many were only a dream. His herculean effort has revolutionised the culture of care nationally and internationally.”

Dr Sheard said: “I have always believed that being person centred comes from the inside of us - being Care Personality of the Year will make some people smile, they might even say I sometimes have too much personality! On a more serious note, I am honoured that the whole team at Dementia Care Matters, who work so hard to achieve a culture change in care, have been recognised in this way. We still have a long way to go before even half of all people living with a dementia are receiving the kind of care that we know would greatly improve their quality of life, but we have certainly come a long way since we formed Dementia Care Matters 20 years ago.” 

Dr Sheard heads the internationally-renowned dementia care organisation providing service development, training, research and consultancy services to care homes and services across the UK, Ireland, Wales, the U.S, Canada and Australia. 

With offices in Church Road, Hove its feelings-based care approach is changing the way dementia care is provided. The organisation’s ‘Butterfly’ approach and ‘Household’ model have transformed the lives of people living in hundreds of care homes across the UK. 

Care workers in ‘Butterfly Homes’ ensure people have a daily quality of life, which when added to a stimulating environment gives people a sense of purpose. This results in increased life expectancy, improved well-being and happiness. Using Dementia Care Matters’ ‘Household’ model, traditional care homes are split into several domestic looking houses, each with their own front door, replicating a
welcoming home-from-home environment.

Homes that have adopted the approaches have reported a substantial reduction in people showing signs of stress, ' behaviours ' or negative feelings and in the number of falls.

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Watch David Sheard on Canadian national news

As part of David Sheard's tour around Canada working with the Alzheimer's Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories and ICCER, David appeared on Canadian national news on Wednesday 22nd October 2014. The news piece was about dementia care improvement in Canada. You can watch the clip on the Global News website here.

August 2014

David Sheard has been delivering his keynote speech as part of the Australian Government Aged Care Quality Agency's conference - 'Better Practice 2014'. He has spoken at five locations including Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane from the UK using Skype.

July 2014

Stimulating Hallways Matter - New information to support care homes to be able to balance the development of hallways and comply with fire regulations.

April 2014

NEW RESOURCE Emotional Risk Assessment (ERA)

 David Sheard launched the new Emotional Risk Assessment (ERA) tool at Dementia Care Matter's 8th Annual Conference in Guildford in April 2014. It's a risk assessment tool to measure risks to people's well-being. Download ERA

January 2014

NEW RESOURCE for staff working in museums and libraries!

This checklist was devised by Dementia Care Matters working in Cumbria as part of the Dementia Strategy initiative in this region. It identifies areas to develop to help make libraries and museums more welcoming places for people living with a dementia and their families to visit.  The aim of this checklist is to get people talking about the changes they might need to make to support people living with a dementia to enjoy these services more.   The checklist is aimed at staff and volunteers in museums and libraries but might also be of interest to those working in other community services like shops, leisure centres and anywhere that brings people together.  Download our checklist       

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